Summary and synthesis: Past and future changes in the Alaskan boreal forest
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): F. Stuart Chapin III; A. David McGuire; Roger W. Ruess; Marilyn D. Walker; Richard D. Boone; Mary E. Edwards; Bruce P. Finney; Larry D. Hinzman; Jeremy B. Jones Jr.; Glenn P. Juday; Eric S. Kasischke; Knut K. Kielland; Andrea H. Lloyd; Mark W. Oswood; Chien-Lu Ping; Eric Rexstad; Vladimir E. Romanovsky; Joshua P. Schimel; Elena B. Sparrow; Bjartmar Sveinbjörnsson; David W. Valentine; Keith Van Cleve; David L. Verbyla; Leslie A. Viereck; Richard A. Werner; Tricia L. Wurtz; John A. Yarie
Editor(s): F. Stuart Chapin III; Mark W. Oswood; Keith Van Cleve; Leslie A. Viereck; David L. Verbyla
Publication Year: 2006

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forest
  • disturbance
  • disturbance history
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Record Last Modified: October 31, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 1448


Historically the boreal forest has experienced major changes, and it remains a highly dynamic biome today. During cold phases of Quaternary climate cycles, forests were virtually absent from Alaska, and since the postglacial re-establishment of forests ca 13,000 years ago, here have been periods of both relative stability and rapid change (Chapter 5). Today, the Alaskan boreal forest appears to be on the brink of further significant change in composition and function triggered by recent changes that include climatic warming (Chapter 4). In this chapter, we summarize the major conclusions from earlier chapters as a basis for anticipating future trends.

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Chapin III, F. Stuart; McGuire, A. David; Ruess, Roger W.; Walker, Marilyn D.; Boone, Richard D.; Edwards, Mary E.; Finney, Bruce P.; Hinzman, Larry D.; Jones, Jeremy B.; Juday, Glenn P.; Kasischke, Eric S.; Kielland, Knut; Lloyd, Andrea H.; Oswood, Mark W.; Ping, Chien-Lu; Rexstad, Eric; Romanovsky, Vladimir E.; Schimel, Joshua P.; Sparrow, Elena B.; Sveinbjornsson, Bjartmar; Valentine, David W.; Van Cleve, Keith; Verbyla, David L.; Viereck, Leslie A.; Werner, Richard A.; Wurtz, Tricia L.; Yarie, John. 2006. Summary and synthesis: Past and future changes in the Alaskan boreal forest. In Chapin III, F. Stuart; Oswood, Mark W.; Van Cleve, Keith; Viereck, Leslie A.; Verbyla, David L. (Ed.). Alaska's changing boreal forest. Oxford University Press. pp. 332-338.